Anda Bhurji

Anda Bhurji – Indianised Scrambled Eggs

Egg is a versatile food ingredient. It can be the main ingredient of a recipe or a silent one building the end product. But surely holds its place strong.

Anda(egg) Bhurji,Indian(ised) scrambled eggs, was always the staple food, specifically when after working late. One of the easiest options was to find a stall selling anda bhurji. Or when out with friends, it was the best budget food after a few drinks. Anda bhurji is one recipe where egg plays the major ingredient.

Stalls around Pune have their own way of making a bhurji and basically the taste actually depends on the oil used and the masalas, used or not used. Most of them thrive on the use of red chilli powder and another spicy mix of masalas  called Kanda Lasun masala (which is a masala made from the combination of roasted onion, garlic & red chillies)

I have visited quite a few bhurji thelas around Pune and the few I liked were

Outside SP college
Opposite Garware College
In Mandai (This guy sells fried banda too)
At Shivajinagar Bus Stand
Outside Pune station
Outside Swargate

They all serve bhurji, omellette, egg fried rice or anda rice, boiled eggs, if you want.

Here now, I would specifically like to mention, the guy outside Garware college called Reshma Bhurji center. He is an innovative eggpreneur. A glance at his menu card tells you what you can expect. I have had 3 types of Egg dishes at different times and the names are like

Reshma Bhurji Center Menu

Reshma Bhurji Center Menu

Anda Welcome
Anda Kirkir
Anda Bhurji

Each has its own distinct color and flavour and method of cooking very innovative and he now has a full restaurant with a large veg and non veg menu to boast.

Anda Welcome

Anda Welcome

Anda Welcome is a Spinach based recipe with boiled egg topped with poached egg white. It looked good with a thick bright green gravy and egg white all over the top.  This looked good and tasted quite different with a lot of garam masala served with the choice of bread you prefer. Spinach has this ability to enhance the taste of whatever it be mixed with like chicken, mutton, egg, paneer etc. I myself have tried quite a few mixes with spinach and it always turned out nice. Only thing I did not like about this specific preparation was that it was way too hot and filled with chillies.

Anda Kirkir

Anda Kirkir

There is another egg preparation they have which is a red onion based thick gravy topped with a double fried egg. This too is filled with masalas but had a little tangy and spicy taste which the spinach based egg was surely missing. This dish looked good and tasted heavenly.  I would suggest a slight change with this where I would make the gravy a bit more flowy and break the egg right into the gravy or maybe have a thick gravy but a half fried egg on top with a flowy yolk.

Anda Bhurji

Anda Bhurji

Finally the anda bhurji, which is a go to food for all bachelors, is always a healthy and tasty option for a meal anytime of the day. Most of the bhurji stalls around Pune have the same taste, I think they copy each other or maybe use the exactly same ready masalas available in the market and this too was the same. A dark brown dish served with Pav, hot to the core, making you sweat on chilly (cold i meant) wintery night.

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